Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes

Summer safety: Kids and pets in cars

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Passing a bakery on a hot summer day to grab an iced latte is tempting for almost everyone. Parents to small kids especially understand the temptation to fuel up on caffeine to survive the rest of the day while their child snoozes peacefully in his or her…

July 13th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Safety, security key to social media use

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — These days we can’t go a moment or move a step without immediate access to some form of social media, but that kind of access can also impact operational security.   If there is a single breach in security, it could cost lives. Practicing poor safety…

July 11th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Travelers: Stay vigilant, stay safe

  By USAG Bavaria Antiterrorism Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With summer in full swing, many families will set off on their summer vacations. While vacationing any time of the year, remember to be vigilant.   Increased travel, mass transit and large gatherings of personnel could present attractive targets of…

July 2nd, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Get to know Germany’s bicycle rules of the road

    By USAG Bavaria Safety Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Whether you are taking a fun bike ride with the family, using a bicycle to get to work or as part of your fitness routine, make sure that safety is your primary concern.   This guide tells you what…

June 19th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

FPCON for dummies

  By Jerry Hollo, USAG Bavaria Antiterrorism Officer   Many people have heard of FPCONs but what do they really mean and how do they affect us?    Force Protection Conditions, or FPCONs, establish the baseline security posture for U.S. military bases.   Currently, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is at…

June 6th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

A community member’s guide to understanding FPCON

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army in Europe relies on five Force Protection Condition (FPCON) levels — Normal, A, B, C and D — or as the Army says, Normal, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. The levels increase from lowest condition at Normal to the highest and most protective at…

May 23rd, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Annual force protection exercise may affect you

HOHENFELS, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and host nation partners participate in a full scale force protection exercise here June 21-23, 2018.   During that time, the exercise could result in increased force protection and security measures at USAG Bavaria installations at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck.   The…

May 20th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

In a jam? How to find 24-hour pharmacies in Germany

In Germany, the pharmacy is called an Apotheke and can be identified by the large red A outside locations.   But not all pharmacies in Germany operate 24 hours. German pharmacies take turns operating throughout the night.     There is always at least one Apotheke open near you. Here’s how…

May 17th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Things You Didn't Know

WANTED: Intelligence Analysts at Grafenwoehr Counterintelligence Field Office

Grafenwoehr, Germany – The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Grafenwoehr Counterintelligence Field Office, the GFO, offers two six-month internship positions for experienced enlisted Intelligence Analysts.   To support its mission of US Army Counterintelligence in Europe, the GFO looks for two Mid-Level All-Source Analysts (35F) with a focus on the European…

May 15th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Unexploded ordnance requires controlled detonation May 12-13 at Grafenwoehr Training Area

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Unexploded ordnance (UXO) was discovered May 8 in the Grafenwoehr Training Area.   U.S. and German explosive ordnance disposal teams have determined that the UXO must be detonated on location. A 300-meter blast radius has been established around the UXO.   All buildings in the blast radius…

May 10th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes